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Bomb explodes in Spain, no injuries-report

July 23, 2005

MADRID (Reuters) – A bomb exploded in the Spanish
pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela on Saturday, but
caused no injuries, radio station Cadena Ser said.

Police had cordoned off the area minutes earlier, the
report said. Other reports said the bomb had been placed in an
underground car park in the center of the town in northwestern
Spain.

Police and Interior Ministry officials could not
immediately confirm the report.

Basque separatist guerrilla group ETA regularly sets off
bombs in Spain, often giving a warning in advance.

ETA planted a bomb in Santiago de Compostela in August last
year as part of a summer bombing campaign of popular tourist
centers aimed at undermining Spain’s important tourism sector.

ETA has killed nearly 850 people since 1968 in a bombing
and shooting campaign for an independent Basque state in
northern Spain and southwestern France.

Santiago de Compostela, a scenic medieval town, attracts
tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims every year to what is
traditionally believed to be the burial place of the Apostle
Saint James.




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